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Underbite Dentistry Ask The Dentist Ara Nazarian Question:
I have an idea on how to fix my underbite: I have an underbite but my problem is not that my upper teeth protrude in front of my bottom teeth.

I have had braces before so my upper and bottom front teeth now meet. My problem is that the angle of my front bottom teeth is slanted outward at like a 45 degree angle (I'm sure its not 45 degrees but you get my point).

I was wondering if without surgery I can push back my bottom teeth so that they stand vertically instead of slanted and then bring my bottom jaw forward so that my bottom and upper front teeth meet. I am sure that would get rid of my underbite.

I hope I explained it well enough for you. So let me know what you think. ...Visitor from WA

Answer:
Straightening the lower front teeth so that they are straight up and down may create a larger overbite which would result in a open bite.

The only other way to correct this would be to have jaw surgery to advance the lower jaw.

A Nazarian, DDS

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